Leo C. Porter, Jr. transitioned this world on Monday, March 14, 2022, at the age of 67 in Fallon, Nevada.
Leo was born in Evansville, Indiana to Leo and Carmenlita Porter. He was a graduate of Bosse High School in 1972. After leaving Evansville, Leo moved to Yuma, Arizona where he received his Associate in Broadcasting at Arizona Western College. In Yuma, Arizona, Leo was a DJ for the college Public Broadcasting radio station. Leo then became a cameraman for the local television station Channel 13.
Leo took his experience to Branson, MO where he was a stage manager for Mel Tillis and Charley Pride. Leo said that living and working in Branson was the best time of his life. He returned to Yuma and worked as a Security Guard for the Arizona Cocapa Casino. Leo moved to Fallon, Nevada in 2016. He was known locally as the Cookie Man, baking and delivering cookies for his friends. He loved people. He helped anyone who he thought might need help even giving shoes and clothes to people he thought needed them. His network of friends from the Bonanza, Depot, and Nugget were people he considered family.
Leo was proceeded in death by his younger brother Thomas Joseph Porter, his older brother Clarence (Jerry) Edwards, and his parents Leo and Carmenlita Porter. He leaves behind his two daughters Kayla and Eyahna Porter of Yuma, Arizona as well as his siblings: Dr. Gary Edwards, Marian (Sissy) Porter, Mary Stewart, Reverend James Porter, Percy Porter, Sr., Cassandra Runnels, Patricia Jenkins, John Porter, Sr., Becky Porter-Watt. He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews including those he lived with since 2016: Leesha Morris, Ian Hamilton, Brandy, and Kyle Archuleta, Tracy Runnels, Bruce Runnels II and Kage Libbee (bonus nephew): His Aunt Alice Bell and Aunt Lucy and Uncle Jerry Evans of Lebanon, Kentucky and Charles (Smooth Operator) Porter, Sr. of Louisville, Kentucky and his Aunts Vera Gilbert and Bert Edwards of Evansville, Indiana as well as many cousins and friends from all over the world.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Donations in his memory can be made to the Institute for the Blind, the American Diabetes Association, or any homeless shelter in his memory.
Missing my friend Leo 💜
I was a friend of Leo's when he lived in Yuma, AZ. We both attended Arizona Western College where we also gained experienced as radio announcers at an NPR station called KAWC on the campus of AWC. He won a prestigious award at KAWC. Leo and I also shared disc-jockey duties at a nightclub in Yuma called "The Brave Bull." Leo loved to fish. Fishing was like prayer to him, sitting on the banks of the Colorado River for hours and hours. Saying prayers for you, now, Leo. Your friend, Tony Chavez
what a nice friend to have had good by my friend
Leo was the sweetest man! It was always such a treat when he would bring in his cookies! He will be missed!
Rest well, Leo! 🌟
Goodby old buddy you talked more stuff than anybody I ever knew. You truly was one of a kind and will be sorely missed!🙏🏾
Oh heaven is going to be a lively place now that Leo has arrived! Our family has another handsome angel with a golden heart in paradise. I love you Leo. 💜🙏🏽💜
It’s Charley Pride, not Charlie.
Yes it is and I miss spelled it. Sorry to Charley
Mr porter was an amazing man he was very kind and had an amazing presence.you couldnt help but want to be around him. Our staff was blessed to get his cookies they where amazing. May you rest in peace
He loved People.